Lizards are creatures that can significantly help in reducing the insect population around your house. However, as most of us would like to keep these animals outside the home, it is always better to do it in a non-lethal way. You have to understand that killing these animals off have only one pro against several cons. The one advantage is that your home will be lizard free, the several cons though include that most lizard killing chemicals are very toxic and you will be exposing yourself, your kids and your pets to that. Second, with the absence of lizards as natural predators, insect population is sure to rise and this leads to the third con, that with the rise of insect population in your home, you will have to spend more money on purchasing pesticides against them and thus exposing your household once again to these chemicals.
The only safe alternative on how to get rid of lizards is to just run these creatures out of the house and keep them them out where insects are plentiful. They can serve as a first line of defense against an insect infestation in your home; it is a humane and eco-friendly solution. The procedures below are some methods to do this:
Solution 1: Expose Their Hideouts
It will be a very futile effort of driving these little reptiles out of your house when they can simply scurry down multiple hiding places inside of your home. They usually hide underneath and behind furnitures. Move these away from the walls and expose them to sunlight. These will leave the creatures nowhere to run but the nearest open window or open door.
Solution 2: Garlic and Onion Spray
To further discourage these little reptiles to going back to their hiding places after you exposed them, you can use a combination of garlic and onion spray. Take note though that this mixture can be very pungent and should only be used sparingly in the lizard’s hiding place. Acquire onion juice and garlic essence. Place the juice in a spray bottle and add around 5 drops of garlic essence. Spray in floor corners and cracks. The sulfuric odor is a strong repellant to these creatures without actually killing them. Alternatively, you can simply place a piece of sliced onion or crushed garlic (to ensure the sulfurous odor is emitted) on floor corners. This should have the same effect as the spray.
Solution 3: Remove Leftover Food
It does not mean that this will attract lizards. These reptiles are insectivores which mean insects are their primary source of food. Of course, any leftover food will attract insects and these will attract lizards into your home. Seal leftover food and put them in the fridge. Wash plates after eating and sweep the floors free of crumbs and spills this will ensure that insects are not attracted as well as lizards from coming into your home.
You have to understand that lizards may be unsightly; however, they are definitely not pests. They feed on insects that may otherwise infest your home. These critters are always beneficial to any household. Remember that keeping them out is always the humane choice rather than killing them off.